Copperplate calligraphy


Copperplate calligraphy
The emergence of copperplate as a calligraphic style must be examined within the context of European history. It was popular in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Copperplate calligraphy is structured with specific individual strokes that are used to form the letters. It is more difficult than the broad calligraphy pen and therefore more challenging. It is a cursive script and also known as Round Hand. Copperplate alphabets should be learnt in great detail to provide a through analysis of the anatomical structure of the letterforms, emphasising the relationship among letters.
The ultimate aim of the course throws light for clear understanding if the shape, structure, weight and spacing of the letters so that the alphabets can be learnt with grace, rhythm and intelligence.
It introduces the participants some practical applications of copperplate calligraphy including envelopes, invitations, place cards, simple quotes, short texts and greetings. The course will progress with the understanding about the fundamentals of copperplate calligraphy- its minuscule (small letters) and majuscule (capital letters) from basic strokes to variations along with numbers and punctuations. Instructions would be taught on how to connect letters, spacing and proportions.